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The Toronto Student Transportation Group is an initiative between both the Toronto Catholic District School Board and the Toronto District School Board. Our goal is to ensure the health and safety of our students through various modes of transportation and to help families make informed decisions regarding their transportation choices when accessing education here in Toronto.


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Inclement Weather

Winter has arrived and with it inclement weather that may force the closure of schools and/or the cancellation of bus service.   Staff in Transportation Services are on alert when snow storms are forecasted.  Early in the morning Consortium transportation staff review if roads are passable, and the current and predicted temperatures & weather conditions across the City.   Contact is made with bus carriers regarding concerns they may have regarding road conditions for the safety of their drivers and possibility of buses not starting due to extreme cold temperatures.  A decision is made regarding the cancellation of bus service and a TTC and snowrecommendation is made to the Directors of both Boards who ultimately make the decision to cancel transportation.    When inclement weather is forecasted parents should listen to radio & television stations for a public service announcement which will  inform parents about school closures and transportation cancellations.

Parents & schools can check the TDSB, TCDSB, or TSTG web sites to see if a notice has been posted regarding cancellation of transportation or contact the bus carrier directly to find out if bussing  has been cancelled.  Bus delays are reported on the Consortium website and are updated by our transportation providers on an on-going basis.  If parents are concerned about inclement weather, they have the right to keep their child at home (especially in the case of medically fragile students) even if transportation is not cancelled by the School Board.   Children should be dressed appropriately for the colder weather, in the event of an unexpected mechanical problems with the bus which may occur more frequently at this time of the year.   You can also review more information on Winter Safety at Bus Stops on the TDSB or TCDSB web site on the Transportation page.

 

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Bus students and parents are reminded that extra caution should be taken during the winter months. Please take a moment and review this important information with your children.





· Children should be dressed appropriately for the colder weather. Unexpected mechanical problems with the bus may occur more frequently at this time of year. Children must be prepared for this as buses cool off very quickly.

· Toronto schools rarely close and bus routes are rarely cancelled due to snow or cold temperatures. Assume that schools are open and buses are running unless you hear otherwise through the local media.

· Usually cold or stormy weather can result in bus schedules being unavoidably delayed. We encourage parents to use extra caution with children on those days. Children should be accompanied to the bus stop or have very clear instructions on what to do if the bus does not arrive. Never leave children at the stop with no backup arrangements for an emergency.

· A build-up of ice and snow can create a safety hazard for children waiting at the bus stop. Ensure that your child understands the importance of standing back from the curb as the bus approaches the bus stop.

· Children will find it easier to walk through the ice and snow when their school books and lunches are carried in a back pack. It is also much safer for them to board the bus with their hands free to use the bus handrail.

· Tell your child never to exit the bus into a snow bank. If the bus stops and the child is unable to get out because the exit is blocked by snow, have your child tell the driver the path is not clear.

· Make sure children stay off snow banks piled near the street. While they are attractive nuisances, those snow banks can cause a child to fall into the roadway and in front of oncoming traffic.
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Buses are running today - Tuesday February 7th. Parents will want to consider sending students on the bus, especially those with medically fragile children, as the afternoon commute home may see delays due to the weather developing throughout the day. ...


Fast Facts

  • Number of buses: 1758
  • Number of students transported: 56,617
  • Total distance traveled: 71,241 km
  • Annual budget: $90 M
  • Number of carriers: 7
  • Change requests each September: 1400

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